Lenovo leaks manual for budget Android laptop by accident

After a manual for the "IdeaPad A10" is put on the Web, Lenovo confirms that it's planning to release this new 10.1-inch laptop that runs Android instead of Windows.

The upcoming Lenovo IdeaPad A10 can be opened to 300 degrees like the IdeaPad Flex 14 (pictured above). Sarah Tew/CNET

It appears a new budget Lenovo laptop is on the way. The company accidentally leaked a manual for this so-called IdeaPad A10 online, according to PCWorld.

The manual (PDF) shows that this 10.1-inch laptop will be running Android, rather than Windows, and have an HD screen that works as a touch screen. Like other Lenovo laptops , the IdeaPad A10's display can be opened up to 300 degrees, so that it can be folded to sit in "kiosk mode" with the screen pointing out from the rear of the laptop, away from the keyboard and touch pad.

When contacted by CNET, Lenovo spokesman Chris Millward confirmed that the company is planning on launching this device.

"Yes, we are launching this product," he said. "We're excited about it and encouraged by the strong interest already shown."

Although Millward didn't give any more information on release dates or pricing. He did provide CNET with information that said the laptop was unveiled this week at the Middle East electronics expo Gitex Shopper 2013 and will first be offered in the United Arab Emirates.

He also provided CNET with a few more specs on the laptop, which described it as being "affordable," having a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage capacity. It will also run on Android's 4.2 operating system.

Looking at the features of the laptop in the manual, it appears that Lenovo is gearing the IdeaPad A10 to be a budget computer. Like its other low-cost PCs , this laptop has a smaller screen and doesn't come with an optical disk drive. It does, however, have a camera, memory card slot, and a Micro USB port.

Updated at 8:35 p.m. PT with comment and specs from Lenovo spokesman Chris Millward.

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